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Allen County SPCA clears the shelter to send staff home during COVID-19 pandemic

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ALLEN COUNTY, Ind. (WPTA21) - On Sunday, the Allen County SPCA adopted or fostered-out every cat and dog so that the shelter can shut down for business.

The shelter wanted to allow their staff to abide by Gov. Eric Holcomb's stay-at-home order and social distancing guidelines.

While the SPCA is closed for business, it is staying open for those in need of emergency pet food.

Those hours are 9 a.m. - 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. - 5 p.m. Sunday & Friday, and Saturdays 9 a.m. - 10 a.m. at the shelter.

Emergency foster assistance for pets is also available to COVID-19 patients and to others who have been impacted by the virus.

Call the shelter at 260-744-0454 for more information. 

The organization encourages people to leave a voicemail, and they’ll respond quickly.

“We know that our community’s needs have shifted, and we wanted to pivot, too, to ensure that the needs of area pet owners are met right now. To do that, we’ve temporarily changed our focus from pet adoption to pet retention - by offering services to help keep animals in the homes where they are loved," the shelter’s executive director, Jessica Henry said.

"Now is not the time to panic and surrender or dump animals. Not only do our pets provide us comfort in these uncertain times, but shelter space is at a premium, as we want to make sure we can help pets and people in true crisis.”

During this closure, the Allen County SPCA is still accepting in-kind donations dropped off at the front door of the shelter, 4914 S. Hanna Street, Fort Wayne, IN 46806.

Monetary donations may also be made online via the shelter's website, http://www.allencountyspca.org/donate.html.

Kayla Crandall

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